After my onsen visit, I went for a stroll in some of the Odaiba shopping malls. I always end up at Decks, when I’m in that area. Not so much because of the shopping, but because there is this really cool floor with retro arcade games and shops selling all sorts of quirky stuff.
The section with the arcade games is called 1-Chome Playland. Some of the games are fun to play, while others primarily serve as a reminder of how far the gaming industry has come. Before I dropped out of university to become a pilot, I studied computer science and in that environment, old arcade games were one of the things everybody could agree was pretty awesome. I don’t think a lot of my friends today would understand, but that’s one of the great things about traveling solo. No need to make any compromises. If you want to spend an entire afternoon among a bunch of old arcade games, you just do it.
On the same floor, there’s also a Michael Jackson fan shop and a store, which sells Kit Kat variants, I haven’t seen anywhere else. There’s also a haunted house, which looks really scary. I’ve never seen anybody go in there, but, more importantly, I haven’t seen anybody come out either. Hmm..maybe I’ve been watching too many Japanese horror movies:)
1-Chome Playland, Decks, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo